We’ve all heard about the troubles The Secret World has been having: Funcom halving their studio number after poor sales, struggling to meet update deadlines. But even if they look panicky to us, these measures appear to have done the trick for the developers, as they have revealed they have no plans to make their game free-to-play any time soon.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Funcom’s creative director Ragnar Tørnquist said: “We do have subscribers and those people are getting a lot of good content with their subscription, and they don’t have to worry about having to micro-pay for everything. It is a benefit sometimes to have a subscription. But of course I understand the reticence of some people – a lot of people – to buy a game that comes with a monthly price tag. That makes complete sense.”
“Who knows what the business model will be like in a year? Or in two years or five years? But right now, yeah, the subscription model is [staying put].”